How To Properly Set Goals And Take Control Of Your Life

Setting goals for yourself is important because it will help you be in control of your life. Your goals will motivate you to get the very best out of life and focus on achieving what you want for yourself. In this blogpost we’ll cover how to properly set goals you will be able to stick with and achieve!

In my blogpost The Secret To Finding Your Life Purpose I covered the basics of setting goals. Short recap:

  • Think about the big picture! What are the things you want most out of life? The things you want most are your life goals. There’s no certain amount of these goals you need to have, so just pick the ones that really resonate with you.
  • Ask yourself WHY those things are important to you.
  • Think about how you are going to break your goals down into subgoals by listing all the things you need to achieve them.

Setting the big goals!

So, in that blogpost I didn’t really get into how exactly you would set such an awesome, all-consuming, incredible life goal. Well, first of all, no pressure. They are your goals. Nobody is going to judge you if you decide to change those goals later. We change and as we do, our goals will too. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set them anyway because they will help you get what you want out of life.

Level 10 Life

If you are a Pinterest junkie like me, you might have at some point come across a pin about ‘level 10 life’ (most likely beautifully hand lettered in a bullet journal, haha). But what is it exactly?

Level 10 life is basically your idea of a perfect life covering different areas. You often see these ten:

  1. Family and friends
  2. Personal development
  3. Spirituality
  4. Finances
  5. Career
  6. Relationship
  7. Fun and recreation
  8. Giving and contribution
  9. Physical environment
  10. Health and fitness

These ten categories are most likely to cover the majority of your big life goals. Thus, if just thinking about what you want out of life feels like you are being thrown in the deep end, try to think smaller. Think about what’s important to you in each of these areas. Maybe you want a family of your own or you want to start your own business someday. Maybe you want to be a homeowner and create a cozy living space. Or would you like to give something back to the world? Or ALL OF THE ABOVE?!

Write all the ideas you have for goals down in a cute little notebook or use my free workbook that you get access to if you sign up for my mailing list in the sidebar. ->

 

Be SMART

The #1 rule for setting goals is they have to be SMART. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. It basically means going from “I want to have my own business” to “I want to have my own blogging business up and running by December 1st, 2017.”

Using the SMART method creates more powerful goals. It makes it a lot easier to stick with your goal because you know what you want and when you want it done. Doing this really helped me to get a grip on my goals. Being vague like “I want to be happy” doesn’t really get you anywhere in my experience and will only end up frustrating you because you have no clue how to do that. By making your goals SMART, you limit the chance of being frustrated by your own goals.

To think big, think small

Now that you have a clear vision of your bigger goals, you will want to break them down. What elements does your goal consist of? For example, if you want to get healthy by the end of next year, you might want to write down smaller goals like “I want to eat healthy at least six days a week” or “I will only eat foods without added sugars for the rest of the year” (treat yourself to the occasional cheat day! You don’t have to be hard on yourself all the time).

By making your goals smaller, you will improve your chances of sticking with it and actually achieving it because you won’t feel overwhelmed as much. You know where you want to go and how you are going to get there. Now all you have to do is execute. 😉

Live in the now

Speaking about doing, what can you do to get a step closer to your goal right now? Why wait when you can start today? Taking that first step will feel so good!

It always helps me a lot to just get started. When you’ve taken the first step, the second won’t feel like a threshold anymore. If you’re doing it right, your newly set goals will have made you excited. Moreover, you should have a good idea on how to get started right now. So what’s holding you back? What are you even still doing here? (Just kidding, please don’t leave!)

Think about what you can do right now to get started or to get one step closer to your goal. Also consider what you can do tomorrow and this week. Keep up the flow!

Prioritize

Focusing on too many goals at once is not a very good idea. You may feel overwhelmed and stop working towards them all together. That’s probably not what you are aiming for so prioritizing your goals is important to be effective and to keep going.

Some things are just more important than others and some goals take longer to reach than others. Try to prioritize your goals so you won’t lose focus on what’s important right now.

Also, some things just need to get done in order for you to move on to the next step. For example, you need to have an idea before you go register your business. Make sure you have a clear view of what needs to happen first and you will be just fine!

Visual reminders

To keep motivated or be reminded why you’re doing all of this, hang up your list of goals on your fridge, frame it and put it on the wall above your bed, place post-its all over your house, etc…

Or you could be a little less dramatic and keep them in the awesome goal setting workbook I have created just for you (or still put it up on the wall, because it’s awesome to remind yourself of what you want). 😉

All you have to do to get my free Workbook is signing up for my mailing list. I’ll send you an email with the super secret password to my freebie library where you have access to the Workbook and ALL of my future freebies. Sign up in the sidebar!

Vision board

What also helps me keep motivated is to make a vision board. A vision board is a visualisation of your goals. I use a regular pinboard with images I’ve printed out or I’ve taken from magazines. I like to be reminded of what I want my life to look like. It’s really motivating to see what it all could be like (no, WILL be like) in the future.

So get yourself a pinboard and some magazines, make some tea and start cutting! It’s really fun and relaxing too!

Some extra tips

  • Make adjustments to your goals when needed. Revisit your list frequently to see if anything has changed for you. It’s totally fine to change your mind about certain goals. I wanted to be a princess when I was a kid, now I want to be a blogger. We change. It happens.
  • Make sure you don’t run out of goals! When you achieve a goal, set a new one! This way you’ll never feel like your life is headed nowhere. You will always be in control of your life path.
  • Stay confident! Failure is just a natural part of success. Nobody reaches their goal without a few scratches. It’s all okay. The only way to truly fail is to give up!

Congratulations!

You set your goals! I am so proud! You decided to grab life by the horns and things are looking up. You now know where you are headed and I see great things in your future. All you have to do is stay on the path you’re on. Stick with your goals, put in a little effort each day (or at least each week) and watch the magic happen.

I hope setting these goals and the tips I shared here will help you create the life of your dreams. More importantly, I hope you are excited to get started and deem yourself worthy of living your ideal life. I know I do! You are great and I wish you many great experiences while you’re on your path to greatness. Let’s get started now…

With much love,
Maud

 

 

  • I have a love hate relationship with setting goals. Usually I start a goal but never end up reaching it and end up feeling disappointed. I love how you have included a workbook! It’s such a great idea, I also love your blog, it’s so pretty :)!

    Kelly
    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

    • That happens so much! I have a blogpost coming up on how to motivate yourself to keep going by using a simple gamified method. Maybe it can help you reach the goals you set! Thank you for the compliment, I am so glad you like it!

  • Amy

    These are some awesome tips! I’ve been planning to create a vision board this weekend and I’m super excited. I also love the idea of creating SMART goals. though it does remind me of uni a little haha! x